3 Padres players who should be blamed most after getting swept by the Dodgers
By Seth Carlson
3. Tim Hill
The Padres had a chance to win the first game of this series against the Dodgers on Friday night, as the score was tied at two... until the seventh inning. That's when lefty reliever Tim Hill entered the game.
Hill surrendered back-to-back home runs to Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman that would ultimately secure a 4-2 Los Angeles victory in the series opener. The Freeman home runs stings in particular because of the lefty-on-lefty matchup that typically favors the side-arming Hill.
The blown lead wasted what was a solid start from Blake Snell, who dueled Dodgers' righty Dustin May effectively.
San Diego's lineup was unable to pick up Hill in the subsequent innings following his implosion. But while that may not be the lefty's fault, that doesn't absolve him of giving up critical insurance runs late in the opening game.